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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 19 March 2020




You will have been following the news  with regard to the Coronavirus, in particular the advice to restrict all non-essential social contact. This obviously has significant implications for our members, churches and all the community groups who use our buildings. In line with government advice, The Methodist Church has advised that all worship services, meetings (including use by community groups) are suspended in Methodist Churches for the time being. Here in Sunderland we know that this may cause concern and inconvenience, however people's welfare is our top priority.


Ministers are working with pastoral volunteers to ensure a continuation of pastoral care and access to worship at home resources.




There will be an opportunity to join in live streamed worship at 10:30am on Sundays via Fulwell Methodist Church's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fulwellmethodistchurch


Other live streamed services are available from Wesley's Chapel in London and Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem: information can be found here: https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/



For general guidance and resources for the coronavirus pandemic please see www.methodist.org.uk/coronavirus 


We will continue to post updates as the situation progresses.


In the meantime please be patient and kind, and uphold one another in prayer as we make those tough decisions and respond as best we can to a rapidly changing situation.




For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7.


God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.


Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.


Amen      (Taken from the Methodist Church Website)


With grace and peace,


Rev Michael Holland

Superintendent Minister